Will Memphis make it all the way?

For the last few days all I have heard is how we are expected to be the first 1 seed out. I will give you the underlying reasons why people say that and why I think that helps the Tigers.

Why people think we will be the first one seed out (or the reasons that no one is talking about):

  1. Free Throws: I thought offense and defense were more of a reason to be concerned but not for Memphis.
  2. Joey Dorsey: Not can he keep his cool, but does he want to win. If he does look out.
  3. Conf. USA: It doesn’t matter how good your team is, but only who you play.
  4. BCS bias: Look its there, we were supposed to lose to Nevada, be the first one seed to lose to a sixteen seed, and are just a bunch of thugs.  And for those thug naysayers see Louisville, Tennessee, and Texas. Shouldn’t they get more coverage about off the court problems???
  5. Home court advantage in the tournament: I will say this, alot of this has to do with the fact that the area surrounding Memphis isn’t very big and since you can’t play in your home arena it would be difficult to have a home court advantage. But for the past two years we’ve played a team basically in their home location. This year if it works out we will have to play another lower seed in Texas. I heard one announcer say that if Memphis wants to win the title then they will have to go on the road and prove they can beat those teams. Hello? UCLA in Cali, UNC in NC, and Kansas in the Midwest, why don’t they have to “prove” themselves?

Reasons why I think this benefits Memphi:

  1. The teams playing Memphis will take up the Hack-a-Tiger philosophy: With only 5 fouls this could hurt teams more than help them in close games. And if that is your defense against us… well … have fun watching at home.
  2. Joey Dorsey: If he wants it he can dominate the college game. I saw on Senior Day a Joey Dorsey that I have never seen. He was not just a monster, but the most intimidating player i have ever seen. He looked like he needed to eat basketballs to survive.
  3. Experience: 2 Elite eights in two years with basically the same team. We came back against UAB from down 7 with less than 1:30 to go on the road, we won in regulation. Our core guys have played together for almost 6 years, we recruited an entire AAU team. They trust each other and have won close games.
  4. Flower Power: Derrick Rose is now showing signs of why people want to pick him so high in the draft. I was doubting them, not that he wasn’t a great player or full of potential but that he made alot of easy turnovers in an easy conference. Now he is running the show with phenomenal skill and grace. He is rockin’ right now and I can’t wait to see him take a game over.
  5. You basically told them that they can’t do it.: Memphis is already the underdog, we lost to the No. 2 team in the country and we drop to third? We know that at some point as a No. 1 seed we will have to play on the road and now you are basically telling them that there is no way they can get in the Final Four? Watch out.

Also watch the UCLA and Western Kentucky game, WKU matches up very well.

Can’t wait til Friday

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